Four Aerospace Projects and Accomplishments to Compete for the 2016 Robert J. Collier Trophy
|2016 Collier Nominees (from left to right): Blue Origin New Shepard, Boeing 737 MAX, Dassault Aviation FalconEye Combined Vision System, and U.S. Air Force 212th Rescue Squadron & 249th Airlift Squadron
The 2016 Robert J. Collier Trophy Nominees are:
Blue Origin New Shepard
Boeing 737 MAX
Dassault Aviation FalconEye Combined Vision System
U.S. Air Force 212th Rescue Squadron and 249th Airlift Squadron
For 105 years, the Collier Trophy has been the benchmark of aerospace achievement. Awarded annually "... for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America," it has been bestowed upon some of the most important projects, programs, individuals, and accomplishments in history.
Past winners include the crews of Apollo 11 and Apollo 8, the Mercury 7, Scott Crossfield, Elmer Sperry, and Howard Hughes. Projects and programs which have been the recipient of the Collier include the
B-52, the Polaris Missile, the Surveyor Moon Landing Program, the Boeing 747, the Cessna Citation, the F-22, and the International Space Station. Most recently, the 2015 Collier was awarded to the NASA/JPL Dawn Mission Team.
Led by NAA Chairman Jim Albaugh, the Selection Committee will consist of 31 leaders representing various organizations throughout aerospace.
Greg Principato, President & CEO of NAA, will serve as the Director of the selection process and is a non-voting member of the Committee.
"For nearly the entire history of aviation, the Collier Trophy has recognized outstanding achievements," Principato stated. "Even more than that, by shining a bright light on all of those advances, the Collier provides an incentive to even greater achievement for those who would come after. Aviation is not a static industry, it - and our society - depends on constant improvement and innovation. The Collier has played a key role in that, and this year's nominees are in that tradition."
The Selection Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 14th in Arlington, Virginia, and the winner will be announced that evening at the NAA Spring Awards Dinner held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott.
The formal presentation of the Collier Trophy will take place at a later date and location to be determined. More information can be found at
Lt Col Christine Mau to Receive the Katherine & Marjorie Stinson Trophy
||Lt Col Christine Mau, recipient of the 2016 Stinson Trophy
Lt Col Christine A. Mau, a U.S. Air Force Pilot, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Katherine and Marjorie Stinson Trophy.
The Stinson Trophy was created in 1997 by NAA to honor the accomplishments of two sisters - Katherine and Marjorie Stinson. These sisters were among the first 11 American women to be certified as airplane pilots through the Aero Club of America (the predecessor of NAA). Their flying school helped numerous U.S. and foreign pilots to earn their Aero Club licenses, the precursor to FAA pilot certificates. The trophy recognizes a living person for "...an outstanding and enduring contribution to the role of women in the field of aviation, aeronautics, space, or related sciences."
Mau is being recognized for "...dedicating over 19 years as an Air Force officer, imparting her wisdom and knowledge to a wide spectrum of Americans interested in aeronautics, and blazing a path for women in aviation."
Mau graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and was commissioned as an officer in 1997. She earned her pilot wings and was selected as a Distinguished Graduate at Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training. Mau was one of only four women among over 300 male student pilots in her training program. In the summer of 2000, Mau reported to her first duty station, RAF Lakenheath, England and soon thereafter she was selected for her first deployment to Kuwait.
After a three-year assignment at Lakenheath, Mau reported to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina, where she became an instructor pilot at the F-15E "schoolhouse" teaching young pilots to employ the aircraft while also working with struggling students on special monitoring status to ensure their success. She served as the base's airshow director of aerial operations, leading a team of 90 people to coordinate 37 performances and 42 static displays. Additionally, Mau volunteered as one of the Air Force's Sexual Assault and Prevention Victim Advocates, dedicating her time to helping and counseling victims.
During her next assignment at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, Mau was instrumental in executing the Chief of Staff of the Air Force's vision in standing up a new surface-to-air threat squadron. She was handpicked as a key member to develop this new capability and validate it during the Air Force's most strenuous training events.
Mau was then transferred to Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho where she served as the wing commander's director of staff, and as the director of operations for a fighter squadron that trains Singaporean aircrews to fly their version of the F-15E. During this tour, Mau deployed to Afghanistan, where she flew and achieved a historic first: leading the Air Force's first all-female flight on a combat mission. The flight, given the callsign "Dudette 07", was published in several national news outlets and inspired scores of young women to pursue a career in aviation. Due to her performance at Mountain Home, Mau was selected as one of less than 2% of Air Force officers chosen to be a squadron commander.
Mau returned to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base and took command of the 4th Operations Support Squadron in 2013 where she was responsible for 285 men and women, and the daily operational execution of the airfield. She also oversaw over $58 million in airfield construction projects and enhancements, and directed one of the Air Force's largest joint exercises.
Given her outstanding work in command at Seymour Johnson, Mau was handpicked as the 33rd Operations Group's deputy commander and selected as the world's first female F-35 pilot. In the summer of 2015, she reported to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida to assume this new high-profile position. In her new role, Mau has gone above and beyond her normal duties, testing modifications to aircrew flight equipment that accommodate gender differences and championing them through the requirements and acquisition processes. She also excels as an instructor pilot in the F-35, training pilots to employ this cutting-edge aircraft.
In addition to her normal duties, Lt Col Mau has become a tireless advocate for the U.S. Air Force and specifically for women in aviation. Recently, she starred in "Journey to Normal: Women of War Come Home", a documentary which recounts the story of women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and explores the psychological and social dynamics of women in combat. She is also involved with the Women's Air Service Pilots (WASP), FlyGirls, and the Girl Scouts of America.
Members of the Selection Committee were Leda Chong, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, NAA Board of Directors; Joni Kelsey, 2015 Stinson Trophy Recipient; Deborah Jean Rihn-Harvey, Aerobatic Pilot, Harvey & Rihn Aviation; and Dr. Marina Ruggles-Wrenn, 2014 Stinson Trophy Recipient.
The Stinson Trophy will be presented at an NAA Luncheon on April 20, 2017 in Arlington, VA.
Angela Gittens Selected as the Recipient of the 2017 Cliff Henderson Trophy
Angela Gittens, Director General of Airports Council International (ACI) World has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Cliff Henderson Trophy.
The Henderson Trophy, which is in the collection of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, was established in 1960 to honor the creator and Managing Director of the world-renowned National Air Races from 1928-1939. His work stimulated a generation's interest in aviation and challenged the state of the art in aviation development.
The trophy is awarded to "...a living individual, group of individuals, or an organization whose vision, leadership or skill made a significant and lasting contribution to the promotion and advancement of aviation and aerospace in the United States." A deserving nominee is put forth annually by the President of the National Aeronautic Association to NAA's Executive Committee for confirmation by majority vote.
"Angela has been a game changer everywhere she has been," stated NAA President & CEO, Greg Principato. "Because of her work, aviation in the United States and around the world is safer, more secure and more efficient for all users."
Previous recipients of the Cliff Henderson Trophy include Colonel Joseph Kittinger, Marion Blakey, The United States Air Force Academy, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Lieutenant General James H. Doolittle, Senator Barry M. Goldwater, Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson, Scott Crossfield, and the 2016 recipient - George Carneal.
Angela Gittens began her tenure as Director General of ACI World in 2008. She was formerly airport CEO for Miami and Atlanta and Deputy at San Francisco International Airport. In other previous roles, Gittens served as Vice-President, Airport Business Services for HNTB Corporation, where she led the firm's practice in airport business and strategic planning. And as Vice-President at TBI Airport Management, she oversaw the transition to private ownership of London Luton Airport and managed operations contracts at several airports in the US and Canada.
Gittens has served on numerous aviation industry boards and committees including the FAA Management Advisory Committee, the FAA Research, Engineering and Development Committee, the National Civil Aviation Review Commission ("the Mineta Commission"), the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board, the Airport Cooperative Research Program Oversight Committee and the Board of Directors of JetBlue Airways. She recently became a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
"I am deeply honored to be awarded the 2017 Cliff Henderson Trophy and to be in the company of such an august body of former recipients," said Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World. "This is one of the most prestigious and long standing awards in the aviation industry and I am humbled that the NAA should select me for the 2017 award."
NAA will present the trophy to Ms. Gittens at an NAA luncheon on April 20, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia.
|Angela Gittens, recipient of the 2017 Henderson Trophy
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Presentation of the 2016 FAI Gold Space Medal to
Maj Gen Charles Bolden, Former NASA Administrator
Recognition of the 2016 Collier Trophy Nominees
Announcement of the 2016 Collier Trophy Recipient
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Registration Opens March 9, 2017
Bob Drury and Tom Clavin, the authors of
Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission
The dramatic, untold story of a daredevil bomber pilot and his misfit crew who fly their lone B-17 into the Japanese Empire in 1943, engage in the longest dogfight in history, and change the momentum of the
War in the Pacific.
Presentation of the 2016 Stinson Trophy to
Lt Col Christine Mau, USAF
Presentation of the 2017 Henderson Trophy to
Angela Gittens, Director General of Airports Council International (ACI) World
NAA President & CEO
I'm still new enough in this job (4 months) that people regularly ask me how I like it, and whether it is what I expected. To be honest, I actually enjoy the job even more than I hoped I would. When I tell them why, I usually get a reaction along the lines of "it sounds like you give a lot of people awards and recognize a lot of records, so you make people happy, and that's why you must like it!"
Well, yes, it is always nice to make people happy, especially when recognizing an amazing achievement or career. Can't deny that. But too often, people think we give awards and certify records for no reason other than the immediate recognition that's involved. To me, nothing can be further from the truth.
The whole point of having awards and records; the whole point of recognizing outstanding achievement, is to keep moving the bar upward. Barely more than a century ago, people refused to believe a pair of brothers got a "flying machine" airborne on a beach in North Carolina. We have now put men on the moon and landed rockets on distant planets, asteroids and comets. Not to mention all the more "mundane" things, like flying across country or across the ocean in a few hours. All of this was done because we recognized earlier achievements, which prodded people to work even harder for even greater achievements.
Records and achievements,
fairly earned and recognized, are a major part of what keeps us reaching for even better ways to fly. NAA is entrusted with a major responsibility in recognizing such things, and we take it very seriously. But we always remember that we do not recognize records and achievements only for their own sake. We do it to provide incentives and a clearer path to an even more exciting future.
President & CEO
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IAC Congratulates Achievement Award Winners of ALL TEN
Since 1971 the International Aerobatic Club has administered its Achievement Awards program to recognize various skill levels achieved by its members. These awards are presented to pilots based on their performance of specific aerobatic maneuvers as evaluated by IAC judges. There are ten awards available to pilots including five for non-competition flying (called "Smooth" awards) and five for the competition categories ("Stars" awards) where pilots fly in IAC-sanctioned aerobatic contests. The categories for both competition and non-competition awards are Primary, Sportsman, Intermediate, Advanced, and Unlimited.
Since that first year, IAC has only awarded 40 pilots with the All Ten Award. Verne Jobst of McHenry, Illinois and an active competition pilot conceived the Achievement Awards in late 1970. Verne had many years as a glider pilot and wanted an equivalent award system for aerobatics, much like the popular soaring badges.
th and 40
th recipients of the IAC's ALL TEN Achievement Award are Jim Bourke and Hiroyasu Endo. Jim and Hiroyasu practice and compete in the Northwest and Southwest regions of the United States.
Jim lives in Oregon and found his inspiration in aviation when he met Pappy Boyington, famed WWII pilot. Hiroyasu lives and works in Japan. When visiting California, he trains and flies the Sunrise Aviation Extra300 based out of Santa Ana.
From 2008 to 2015, Jim worked his way through Primary to the Unlimited category earning all 5 of the Stars awards. He flew an Extreme Decathlon through Sportsman and Intermediate making a change to an Extra330LX when he moved into the Advanced and Unlimited categories.
For his competition (Stars Awards), Hiroyasu began flying competition in 2003 in a Super Decathlon and progressed through to the Unlimited category earning the Unlimited Stars Award in 2016 at the Borrego Springs regional contest in Southern California in an Extra300.
When it came to earning the Smooth Awards, both men opted to fly all five categories in front of an IAC Judge within a short time frame. Hiroyasu flew for ALL FIVE (Smooth awards) in one day at a training camp in front of judge Michael Church in Borrego Springs, CA prior to the Borrego Akrofest contest in October of 2016. Jim flew all categories for the ALL FIVE after the conclusion of the Beaver State Regional contest in Pendleton, Oregon. Once the contest was wrapped up, he separated the required figures down into three programs so that some candidate judges could get experience with a mentor judge during a non-competition flight.
The IAC wishes to congratulate both men for their accomplishments, which few have achieved.
More information about the IAC Achievement Awards program can be found on the
Jim Bourke, the 39th recipient of the IAC ALL TEN Achievement Award
U.S. Parachute Association Celebrates Collegiate Skydivers
The world's longest-running collegiate skydiving competition returned this year, as the U.S. Parachute Association hosted the 59
th consecutive National Collegiate Parachuting Championships. Seventy-seven collegiate skydivers from across the country flocked to sunny Skydive Arizona, south of Phoenix, over the New Year's holiday for a week of fierce but friendly competition.
The collegiate championships includes skydiving competitions both in freefall and under canopy. The freefall events include teams of two, four and six skydivers racing against the clock to complete pre-determined formations while falling in excess of 120 mph. The canopy events challenge skydivers to steer their parachutes to land as close as possible to a target on the ground.
Traditionally, the military academies-the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York-dominate the championships, and this year was no exception. Skydivers from the two academies brought home all the gold medals except for one: A 4-person team from the University of Connecticut earned the gold in the advanced 4-way formation skydiving event.
Despite the stiff competition, the National Collegiate Parachuting Championships is best known for the camaraderie it generates among fellow collegiate skydivers. The event includes skydivers of all experience levels-those with less than 100 jumps to those with close to 1,000-from collegiate skydiving clubs of all sizes as they come together to have fun in the sky and on the ground.
A team from the U.S. Air Force Academy flies to a gold medal at the National Collegiate Parachuting Championships. Photo by David Cherry/USPA.
AMA Launches Generations of Flight Campaign
Whether you're a first-time flier or a lifelong hobbyist, everyone has a story to tell. We want to hear yours! Generations of Flight showcases you, the model aircraft enthusiast, and your love for the hobby. To celebrate model aviation, we are asking everyone to share their favorite flying experiences. Maybe it's a photo and story of your first flight, your most recent visit to an airfield, or a memory that inspired you - we want to hear from you! Visit
and submit a photo and story of what flying means to you. You could be selected as AMA's Story of the Month and be featured on our Facebook page.
Rich Hanson Elected as the Next AMA President
AMA would like to thank each candidate who participated in this year's election. We appreciate your efforts and your willingness to support the Academy. Congratulations to each of the selected candidates. Beginning January 1, 2017, Rich Hanson, former District XI vice president and current government and regulatory affairs team member, will serve as AMA President. "I am extremely proud to have been elected to serve as president of the AMA, and I would like to thank all that supported me through the campaign and everyone who participated in the election process. I would also like to commend and thank all of the candidates for their commitment to the AMA and their willingness to serve. It is my great honor to serve the members of this great organization and I look forward to working with the other members of the Executive Council and our dedicated headquarters staff, in upholding our aeromodeling traditions while moving the Academy forward." Election results are now available online. Thank you to each member who took the time to vote.
Rich Hanson, President, AMA
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to Sponsor
The Academy of Model Aeronautics' Education department is pleased to announce that Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University will be the brand sponsor of the UAS4STEM Search and Rescue Challenge for the 2016-2017 school year. This sponsorship will help further promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-related learning and careers across the country. UAS4STEM is an educational program designed to encourage students to explore the sUAS (drone) phenomenon through teamwork and competition. AMA and the university support nurturing the growth of aviation participation among youth. AMA is now accepting teams and sponsorships for 2017 UAS4STEM challenges. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of this rewarding competition.
Camp AMA 2017 Dates and Locations Set
Dates have been set for
and each of the
regional competitions in 2017. Andrew Jesky, Nick Maxwell, and RJ Gritter will return to the International Aeromodeling Center, June 11-17, 2017, to serve as instructors for this popular aeromodeling camp. Regional UAS4STEM contest locations for 2017 are Washington, D.C.; Lakeland, FL; San Diego; Detroit; New York; Dallas; Seattle; Minneapolis MN; and St. Louis. The dates are being finalized, but will be announced soon for the second year of competition.
AMA Government Relations Team-
Proactively Advocating for our Hobby
A number of states, communities, and parks have been introducing and passing legislation banning model aviation or placing unnecessary regulations on our hobby. In an effort to remedy this situation, the AMA has been active in shaping local legislation to promote aeromodeling. In addition to directly advocating against problematic legislation, AMA is taking a more proactive strategy toward building better relationships with local legislators, parks departments, local governing agencies, and other associations across the country to resolve problems before legislation is even drafted.
to look at our proactive efforts in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Support AMA and Find a Great Deal on RC Resale
This year, the AMA Foundation has accepted nearly 200 model airplanes and model aircraft items to be sold to benefit AMA programs. The first group of items is now for sale on the AMA Foundation's new store-
. Money from the sales will directly benefit the AMA Foundation, which helps the Academy with programs designed to preserve, enhance, and promote the model flying hobby. Find a good deal and support a great cause at the same time.
Northrop Grumman Chairman, Wes Bush, Receives 2016 Howard Hughes Memorial Award from the Aero Club of Southern California
Wes Bush, chairman, CEO and president of Northrop Grumman Corporation, a leader in global security, has been awarded the Aero Club of Southern California's 2016 Howard Hughes Memorial Award.
Established in 1978 by the Hughes family and the Aero Club, , the Award is presented annually to an aerospace leader whose accomplishments have contributed significantly to the advancement of aviation or space technology.
Bush received the award at a banquet on February 1, 2017 at a banquet in Los Angeles, California.
Previous recipients of the award are, in chronological order: Jack Northrop, Jimmy Doolittle, Pat Hyland, Bob Six, Kelly Johnson, Chuck Yeager, Ed Heinemann, Barry Goldwater Sr., Pete Conrad, Allen Paulson, Si Ramo, Jack Real, Ben Rich, Clifton Moore, Lee Atwood, Harry Wetzel, Bobbi Trout, Tom Jones, Allen Puckett, Paul MacCready, John Brizendine, Willis Hawkins, Sam Iacobellis, Kent Kresa, Neil Armstrong, Frank Robinson, Burt Rutan, Eileen Collins, James Albaugh, Ron Sugar, Bob Hoover, Fred Smith, Clay Lacy, Steven Udvar-Hazy, Edward Stone, Elon Musk and Jim Lovell.
Bush was elected to the company's Board of Directors in 2009, named chief executive officer and president of Northrop Grumman in 2010 and assumed the role of chairman in 2011. He previously served as president and chief operating officer.
Earlier he served as president of the company's Space Technology sector and as corporate vice president and CFO. Prior to the acquisition of TRW by Northrop Grumman, he served as president and CEO for TRW's UK-based Global Aeronautical Systems.
Bush joined TRW in 1987 as a systems engineer, and served in engineering, program management and business development roles in the Space & Electronics business. Prior to joining TRW, he held engineering positions with Aerospace Corporation and Comsat Labs.
The Aero Club is a 501 (3) (c) tax-exempt charity, with proceeds going toward the Club's STEM scholarship programs.
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Speed Over a Recognized Course:
Carlsbad, CA to Kona, HI:
Patrick R. Icaza & Raphael Vasconcelos
Class C-1.i, Group III (Jet)
2 Honeywell HTF7250G
Columbus, OH to
Erik A. Kauber &
Brian D. Dickerson
Class C-1.m, Group III (Jet)
2 Rolls-Royce BR725
Taipei, Taiwan to Phoenix, AZ: 646.17 mph*
Brian D. Erickson, Scott W. Curtis & Erik A. Kauber
Class C-1.m, Group III (Jet)
2 Rolls-Royce BR725
Oakland, CA to Kahului, HI (Maui): 449.91 mph*
Kahului, HI (Maui) to
San Francisco, CA:
Daniel G. Raffaelli & Gregory L. Kemplin
Class C-1.i, Group III (Jet)
Embraer Legacy 450
2 Honeywell AS907
Dubai, UAE to Charlotte, NC: 473.40 mph*
David E. Smith,
Brian D. Dickerson &
Erik A. Kauber
Class C-1.m, Group III (Jet)
2 BMW Rolls-Royce BR725
Speed Over a Commercial Airline Route:
Minneapolis, MN to Newark, NJ: 438 mph
Mitchell D. Coddington
Compass Airlines Embraer E175
2 GE CF34
Louisville, KY to Minneapolis, MN: 379 mph
Mitchell D. Coddington
Compass Airlines Embraer E170
2 GE CF34
Speed Over a 1,000 km Closed Course (Without Payload): 138.05 mph*
Paul A. Salmon
Class E-1.c, Group I (Piston)
Robinson R44 Raven II
1 Lycoming IO-540
Cape Girardeau, MO
Largest Formation, Night: 40 skydivers*
The 40-way Team
Class G-2, Performance, General
The 65-way Team
Class G-2, Performance, Female
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Duration: 55 hrs 56 min
Jeremy Novara, Timothy Lower, Joseph Millette & Daryl E. Perkins
Class U1.c, Group I (Internal Combustion & Jet)
Vanilla Aircraft VA001
1 Vanilla Aircraft 17-D
Las Cruces, NM
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The first launch of an American orbital manned spacecraft. Colonel John H. Glenn orbited the Earth three times in 4 hours,
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